The only time the public has heard Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl explain in his own voice why he left his base in Afghanistan — to expose problems in his Army unit, he said, and to “prove to the world” his soldiering skills — was on taped interviews broadcast on the podcast “Serial.”
Now, Army prosecutors trying to send Sergeant Bergdahl to prison for lifeapparently want his court-martial jury to hear the tapes as well. Mark Boal, the Hollywood screenwriter and producer who recorded the interviews, said Thursday that prosecutors have told him that they intend to subpoena all of his tapes of Sergeant Bergdahl, even those not used in the podcast.
Mr. Boal, who as a reporter was embedded with the military in Iraq and later wrote “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” taped 25 hours of conversations in the months after Sergeant Bergdahl’s repatriation in 2014, following five years of Talibancaptivity that ended when President Obama approved a controversial swap for five Taliban detainees at Guantánamo Bay.
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